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Jul 01, 2015 05:12 |  #1

hey guys. snapped this of my girlfriend the other day. was in a basement with poor lighting and obviously horrible backround but it was just a candid moment. anyway I mostly shoot surf and landscape photography but im looking to branch out and try different areas and techniques. anyway what do you guys think of the edit on this one. does the skin look to fake?

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Jul 01, 2015 05:56 |  #2

IMHO...

Way over the top! The hair is too blury. How did you edit it? Did you use Portrait proffesional (if you do turn everything down low)? Eyes over saturates - esp red in the whites of the eye.

You did a great job with flawless skin, but skin isn't flawless and this is getting a bit too cartoon like for my tastes.

Might be interesting to post the original and see what others would do with it?


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Jul 01, 2015 06:49 |  #3

I'd agree. Overprocessed for my taste.

I'm sure if you dial it back a notch or two it'll look great.




  
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Jul 01, 2015 07:52 |  #4
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Way over the top. Looks like a plastic Barbie doll.




  
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Jul 01, 2015 08:00 |  #5

Post an unedited image.


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Jul 01, 2015 08:42 |  #6

Overprocessed...Yes. BUT I would take it even further. See what you can do with the background, perhaps full white, or crop in a magical type of setting. Change color of shirt perhaps. You never know, this could be a type of processing that may work in your favor if you keep it going. Play with it. In the end, you simply learn what and what not to do.


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Jul 01, 2015 12:52 |  #7

Printed on canvas and the background eliminated, this could look like a painting of some sort. I think there's a small market for this type and style of editing, but I think it's rather dated... like a 90s t-shirt. Sorry to be so blunt. For a photograph, it has lost all semblance.

On the other hand, you are lucky to have what appears to be a very attractive young lady for a girlfriend.

One last thing - regardless of this style or another attempt at editing, you want to brighten up the lines around her eyes. Her left eye blends into her lashes. If anything, you might want to dodge and burn or paint in some white in the corner of her left eye to separate it from the makeup.


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Jul 02, 2015 12:05 |  #8

I agree with the others. When it comes to PP, less is usually more. Keep at it :)


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Jul 03, 2015 11:05 |  #9

I agree with most way over the top edit. She seems like a pretty girl and dosnt really need a super crazy edit. I understand if you were just seeing how far you can take skin softening but a really good edit is one you can't tell what you did. Did you show her this image? Id be interested to know what her reaction is.


I know you didn't ask about the picture itself but..

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. snapped this of my girlfriend the other day. was in a basement with poor lighting and obviously horrible backround but it was just a candid moment.

Take her into good light and a better background. You'll get a better shot and have to edit less.


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Jul 03, 2015 11:15 |  #10

Way over the top take it down a bit.


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Jul 03, 2015 11:21 |  #11

iAMB wrote in post #17616766 (external link)
Overprocessed...Yes. BUT I would take it even further. See what you can do with the background, perhaps full white, or crop in a magical type of setting. Change color of shirt perhaps. You never know, this could be a type of processing that may work in your favor if you keep it going. Play with it. In the end, you simply learn what and what not to do.

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There is a strong contrast in the highly processed and almost stylized face of the woman and the cluttered and realistic background. You either tone the processing down or as iAMB mentioned go all the way for the entire picture.


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Jul 03, 2015 12:35 |  #12

thank you all for the replies! I did it in lightroom and yes definitely a bit over the top lol. thanks for the words of advice guys and ill come back with another portrait soon!


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Jul 13, 2015 02:10 |  #13

For a normal portrait, yes overprocessed. For a unique take or maybe for pinup style, not bad at all! So it seems to sum up the feedback given to say, take it to the next level or take it way back to get a more conventional portrait.


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Jul 16, 2015 02:21 |  #14

As has been said by others, it's a bit overdone (at least for my tastes). Generally speaking I advise everyone to avoid blurring skin. Real skin has texture, pores, creases, gradations of color, etc. I don't know if you have PS, or if you're just working with LR (I honestly don't even know how I'd approach working with LR to retouch skin other than a healing brush) but if you do have PS or one of the free programs that can supposedly mirror many of it's features I'd suggest looking into: healing brushes and clone tool (and the many different ways/settings for both), split frequency method, inverted high pass, channel/luminosity masking, and dodge and burn (whatever method you prefer). That should cover ~90+% of what you'll encounter and once you get a hang of those techniques you'll be able to turn out a solid retouch that looks more akin to what the subject looks like, but without any blemishes and such. A proper retouch doesn't have to take 12hrs...but putting a little time into one can definitely help.




  
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Jul 19, 2015 10:46 |  #15

Everything looks fake. Way overdone.


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